Friday, April 13, 2007

Pop Culture Roundup

And here we are, back on track.

I started Inside the Organic Church this week. It's been sitting on my shelf, and I really meant to leaf through it. This is another book that studies and reports on various emerging congregations, but this author has resolved to not only report on success stories. Instead, his intent is to profile 12 churches and lift out a few general points from each that could help other pastors and leaders. I picked up this book specifically to read the chapters on churches that are struggling a little more. I haven't hit one of those chapters yet. So far I've read about a huge Anglican church in England and I think Rob Bell's huge church in Grand Rapids is next. I guess I have to be patient.

I know that I resolved to give up on American Idol after last season, but I haven't been able to help myself. This is something that I am ten times more ashamed of than my botched Lenten discipline. It's especially horrible because the only intriguing story this year is the continual survival of the worst contestant. I've read that Simon said he'd quit if Sanjaya wins. Here's the thing: who let Sanjaya into the Top 24, let alone Hollywood, to begin with? Besides that, I guess I'm rooting for the beatboxing guy. Sure. Why not?

I've also been watching baseball. I know it's only the first few weeks of April, but the Tigers had me worried for a little bit. They still do. Rogers is out until July, and they haven't been giving other pitchers very good run support yet. Verlander pitched seven awesome innings the other day and wasn't credited with the win because no one scored any runs while he was in the game. The bullpen has actually been a little dismal, too. Pudge's home run the other day was cool, though. The Indians are doing well too, after they finally got a chance to play.

It's been an O.A.R. kind of week. They put me in a warm weather mood.

Around the web, I stumbled upon Endangered Species: Church, written by another of those pesky young mainline pastors who likes missional concepts.